The Challenges of Intelligence

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Intelligence! Every day we hear statements like "You are not intelligent enough" or "Intelligent people do not do such things". But what actually is intelligence? Haven't we lost the meaning of this word on the road of every day usage? These and many more questions could be answered very simply by saying that intelligence is knowledge. However, as we know nothing in our world is simple. So it is normal to assume that intelligence is also a complicated set of abilities based on individual personality. You could be intelligent in one area, while other person might be intelligent in other. That is why as we can not compare our personalities, we can not compare our intelligences.

Maybe the truth about what is intelligence lies somewhere between the theory of Piaget and Gardner's theory. The theory of Piaget about the connection between abstract thinking and intelligence on its own is not sufficient enough to explain that complicated nature of intelligence.

Combined with Gardner's theory, on the other hand, it provides one good explanation of intelligence. Why? Because Gardner shows us his new idea of different types of intelligence - linguistic, logical, spacial, musical, bodily, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. And he, in addition, says something very true. He states that every person has the potential to develop every one of these intelligences. This is one very interesting conception, because he does not denies the statement that all people are equal, but continues that all people are given an equal start.

Many of the people around the world would not agree with that scale of intelligence, since they are not ready to change their already build conception of intelligence. For them to be intelligent means only to have knowledge. I would like to address those individuals with my next example and...